Read our previous posting: “Best of Bahamas food: Crack Conch with pigeon peas and rice!”
If you like spicy food, you will love Bahraini machboos dijaj, the delicious spicked chicken with rice from Bahrain.
Machboos Dijaj recipe from lamag.com :
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
3/4 teaspoon ground coriander
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon ground cloves
3/4 teaspoon curry powder
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
5 cardamon pods
1 1/2 teaspoon paprika
Salt to taste
1 chicken (about 3-4 lbs), cut in half
1 medium onion, chopped
3 cloves crushed garlic
1″ piece ginger, crushed
3 medium tomatoes, chopped
2 dried black limes with a couple of holes poked in each
1 serrano or jalapeno chili
2 cups basmati long grain rice
2 1/2 cups water
Mix the black pepper, salt, coriander, cinnamon, cloves, cumin, curry, turmeric, nutmeg and paprika to make the spice blend.
Use half of the spice blend to season the chicken, set aside for at least 2 hours or overnight.
Saute the onions in the oil until starting to brown. Add crushed garlic and ginger, the rest of the spice mixture and cardamom pods. Saute for a couple of minutes and add the tomatoes, chili, dried limes and chicken halves. Turn the chicken pieces over a few times to coat with the mixture. Add water, bring to boil then cover and simmer over low heat for 30 minutes.
Wash the rice in several changes of cold water until excess starch is removed, drain well. Remove chicken halves from the broth and set aside on a baking sheet. Add rice to the broth, cover and let steam over low heat for 30 minutes.
While the rice is cooking, roast the chicken halves for 15-20 minutes in a 400 degree oven to brown and crisp skin. Serve rice on a platter topped with chicken halves and sprinkled with fresh cilantro.
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